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The Comfort of Crows
The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year | Margaret Renkl
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From New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Margaret Renkl comes a "howling love letter to the world" (Ann Patchett): a luminous book tracing the passing of seasons, personal and natural. In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl presents a devotional of sorts: fifty-two essays that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons--from a crow spied on New Year's Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year--what develops is a portrait of joy and grief. Joy at the ongoing pleasures of the natural world: "Until the very last cricket falls silent, the beauty-besotted will always find a reason to love the world." And grief at a shifting climate, at winters that end too soon, at songbirds growing fewer and fewer. Along the way, we also glimpse the changing rhythms of a human life. Grown children, unexpectedly home during the pandemic, prepare to depart once more. Birdsong and night-blooming flowers evoke generations past. The city and the country where Renkl raised her family transform a little more with every passing day. How can one person make a difference amid such destabilizing changes? With fifty-two gorgeous four-color artworks by the author's brother--whose collages also accompanied Late Migrations, Renkl's Read with Jenna/TODAY Show book club pick--The Comfort of Crows is a lovely and deeply moving book from a beloved writer.
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readswellwithothers
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As I listened to this beautiful book of linked essays this week, construction started in earnest to build two homes on a tiny lot of land behind my home. What was wild and untamed and unruly is now shredded and torn and barren. Even as I write this, the rock-splitting equipment forges ahead. The timing of the book in my life is impeccable, and the book itself is a testament to the straight line from heart to nature.So good! I loved every word.♥️🌳

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Tamra
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Laugh out loud moment when Renkl mistakes a vacuum cleaner clog for a long sought after owl pellet.

A “Hoover pellet.” 🤣🤣

jlhammar That part cracked me up 😆 Really enjoying reading a section/essay each week. 1mo
Tamra @jlhammar I‘m going to read it the same way - perfect! I have had some catching up to do though. (edited) 1mo
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Tamra
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Happy Birthday to Me! 🎉

Asian Mall to stock up on pantry supplies. Bombay Pizza Kitchen for a tasty lunch. Magers & Quinn to stock up on books! Woot! 😄

Soubhiville Happy Birthday! 2mo
julesG Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂 2mo
Gissy Happy Birthday @Tamra birthday 🥳🎂🎉You already are having a fun time....with books📚👏 2mo
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Deblovestoread Happy birthday! 🎂🎈📚 2mo
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁 2mo
JenReadsAlot Happy birthday! 2mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday! Sounds like the perfect day! 2mo
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 2mo
maich Happy birthday🥰🎂 2mo
jlhammar Happy Birthday!! I really enjoyed both of those NYRBs. The Renkl is great so far. Haven‘t read that Everett yet, but definitely want to. 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! ❤️❤️ Both of the NYRBs are really good! 2mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 2mo
dabbe HB! 🩶🖤🩶 2mo
Bookzombie Happy Birthday! 📚🧁🥳 2mo
Aimeesue Happy happy birthday! 2mo
Mimi28 Sounds like a fun day! Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎉🎈🎊 Sooooo you‘re an Aquarius!! I knew there was something about you that made me feel comfy 😊 one of my best friends is an Aquarius but we drifted apart 😞 my dad and my brother are aqua‘s also and though there is not much contact I bonded with them well. I‘m a Pisces 2/28/76. I went to hs with a girl born on February 29th. Sorry to babble and I know this totally goes against all the religious stuff- 2mo
Mimi28 But I am very sensitive and free. I am open to a lot of stuff. Did your daughter get the books I suggested? 2mo
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday!🎂 yay Judith! 2mo
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈 I don‘t know the tagged one but the other three are all good! 2mo
Reggie Happy Birthday! 2mo
batsy Happy Birthday! ❤️🎂 That's a fantastic stack... Love the first two and also want to get my hands on Telephone. 2mo
mabell Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂 2mo
quietlycuriouskate Happy birthday! 📚🎂 2mo
youneverarrived Sounds lovely! Happy Birthday 💜 2mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!! 2mo
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Books for Christmas aren‘t a guarantee for me. Most of my family aren‘t big readers (husband included). But a friend surprised me with the tagged, out of the blue. I didn‘t tell them I wanted it. We never had a discussion about it. But if you‘d asked me to name the ONE book I was most hoping to receive, it would‘ve been this one.

That‘s what friends are for. 💞

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate (& a dose of winter sparkle to everyone else)!

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 I really want to read this one too. 4mo
LeahBergen Mmm, stew… 😆 4mo
Ruthiella Merry Christmas!🎄 4mo
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Amiable That‘s so sweet! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗💗 4mo
wanderinglynn What a wonderful surprise! 🎄 4mo
BookmarkTavern That‘s a good friend there! 💖 4mo
darklydreaming Neat!! What a great gift 🎁 4mo
yourfavouritemixtape Such a great surprise! Also I will be putting this on my tbr! 4mo
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BookBelle84
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Book Advent Day 15

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AllDebooks
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Margaret Renkl has such a perfect way of describing the natural world of her Tennessee 😍

#Naturalitsy

JamieArc I just started this one but am starting towards the end of the book, with the fall season. We‘ll see how that goes! 5mo
AllDebooks @JamieArc it's wonderful. I hope you enjoy it 😊 5mo
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AllDebooks
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This beautiful book is a complete love note to the natural world and seasons. I love it. Definitely one for #NaturaLitsy and #Midwintersolace

#NetGalleyGroup #ARC

jlhammar Looking forward to this! Hoping to enjoy it throughout next year. Loved 5mo
AllDebooks @jlhammar stacked 😍 5mo
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rmaclean4
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Most of my #bookspin #doublespin #bookbingo November list. More Nonfiction than normal for Nonfiction November. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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JamieArc
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Today‘s post-therapy pick-me-up was this book. Described as a “literary devotional,” taking you through seasons, creatures, plants, and the ebb and flow of human rhythms. It sounds wonderful. And each chapter includes beautiful art. Perhaps something #NaturaLitsy would like. I especially thought of you, @monalyisha

jlhammar I‘m looking forward to this one. I loved 6mo
JamieArc @jlhammar That one looks lovely too! 6mo
monalyisha Thank you! I trust you so much I‘m immediately stacking. 😉 6mo
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JamieArc @monalyisha I haven‘t read it, but reading reviews of her other book (Late Migrations), I do have high expectations for this one! 6mo
steph_phanie Hi! I have been thinking of gifting this to my bonus mom for her bday, but saw a review that mentioned it had a bunch of religious content. However, the review was unclear in what way. Do you mind commenting on that? 6mo
JamieArc @steph_phanie Hi! Your comment scared me because as an ex-vangelical I would be pretty sensitive to that, so I scoured the book for any religious content. There are short chapters that begin with “A Praise Song for…” but all have to do with nature. I could only find one reference to Song of Solomon that had to do with flowers. So no, no religious content! All about nature with lots of literary references. (edited) 6mo
steph_phanie @JamieArc Thank you so much for checking and responding to me!! 6mo
AllDebooks This looks great 👍 5mo
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